Skincare products often boast ingredient lists peppered with vitamins and minerals. Products often make claims promising clear skin and antiaging benefits and research suggests that vitamins do deliver some skincare benefits.
But I've always wondered: if these vitamins and minerals work on your skin, wouldn’t they be even better if taken orally?
Unfortunately there’s no simple answer—and just like with any blemish treatment or suggested remedy, what works for some will not work for all. That said, paying mind to your overall health is always beneficial and if you’ve got a budget that allows you to fill your cart with a few supplements, here are a few to consider—after talking to your doctor, of course.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, they help replenish lipids in our skin’s protective layer. The acids may help calm breakouts. Plus they're considered good for heart and general health.
Zinc may help to regulate oil production. It might also help reduce the visibility of acne scars. Some studies have shown beneficial results when paired with the topical antibiotic erythromycin.
This algae is about 60 percent vegetable protein. The super food detoxes the skin, fights bacteria, and promotes an all-over glow. The recommended dose is six a day—gulp!
A potent cell-communicating ingredient with anti-aging benefits and possible ability to reduce redness. The problem: this vitamin is water soluble, meaning it’s quickly excreted if taken in high doses without a chance to shine.
Known as a champ for blemishes—prescription drugs related to vitamin A are considered among the best treatments for breakouts. Pills like Accutane and topicals including Retin-A are use a form of vitamin A as the active ingredient.
But over-the-counter oral supplements of vitamin A very different from these drugs. In fact, supplements are usually discouraged for people with acne: most people are not deficient in the nutrient and taking dose high enough to make a difference is toxic and can cause health problems. For this one, definitely talk to your doctor or dermatologist before stocking up.
The best plan for your skin may not come in pill form: try moving toward a healthy, balanced, and vitamin-rich diet. In other words, you can’t live on processed foods alone and count on supplements to do the work. Instead of a bottle pills, grab a fork!